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Delila Carlson

Delila Carlson, 100 of Bristol died on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Webster. Her funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 18, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in Bristol, Rev. Jack Trosen officiating. Burial will be in the Bristol Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services at the church. Delila Sylvia Easterby was born on Sunday, July 21, 1912 to Daniel and Nancy (Danielson) Easterby on a farm four miles west of Bristol, South Dakota. When she was two years old the family moved to Bristol. In the spring of 1919 they moved to her uncle Charley Easterby’s dugout farm place at Mud Creek for a year and then returned to Bristol. They also spent three winters in Minneapolis where her father attended Bible School. She attended school in Bristol and graduated from high school in 1930, she had outlived all her classmates. She worked for the Bill Cox Family, the grocery store, a café and did sewing for others. She married Harry Lindholm in 1930. He passed away in 1932 from consumption. Later that year she met Franz Carlson and they were united in marriage on December 5, 1935 at Ortonville, Minnesota. To this union two sons were born, Gary and Gale. The couple made their home in Bristol. She drove school bus and worked at Sun Dial Manor. Franz passed away in 1971. Delila kept active with gardening, crocheting and painting. She liked to embroider, made many quilts and afghans, giving them to family and friends. In 1959 the family bought a lot at Blue Dog Lake and she spent many happy hours there. She worked hard, was willing to help others and spoke her mind whether asked for or not. She was still joking with the nurses at the hospital up to the very end. Delila passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 100 years, 5 months and 23 days. Survivors include two sons, Gary (Candace) Carlson and Gale Carlson both of Bristol, SD; one sister, Nina Van Hunnik of Webster, SD; eight grandchildren, thirty two great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, one sister, Elphia Olson and one brother, David.

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Granddaughter of Delila, daughter of Gale Carlson

Rhonda Carlson Dixon Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM

Aunt Delila, other than my parents, was the most constant, welcome, and positive presence in my childhood years (and beyond). One reason, of course, was she lived next door. Another was Delila and my mother, Elphia, were sisters and the best of friends. They constantly talked via phone, on the garden path, or by stepping in at each others houses - never via knocking on the unlocked doors as was the custom in those days. But Delila was, apart from the neighborhood and sisterhood, concerned about me as a person. She was supportive. She was a second mother. In my experience she was likable, always of good humor, positive in her thinking, engaging in her conversation, and warm. She laughed a lot and I can remember her earnest laugh. She found humor in life's foibles. Delia, dare I say, sometimes contrasted and balanced her sister Elphia. My mother, whom I loved deeply, was more on the serious side. I liked (and still do) her two sons, Gary and Gale. They, being 8-9 years older, were my role models - a mostly good thing ! Aunt Delila was also a person of constant faith and belief, having followed her parents fine spiritual examples. Aunt Delila was a constant presence and positive influence on me, and I am sure on many others. It was indeed a very long one. I took for granted she'd always be there in Bristol. Yet now only the memories will continue as I, we, await the heavenly reunion and the forever constant presence of my Aunt Delila , and my mother, their parents, other loved ones, and Jesus. They are are now enjoying it, awaiting our coming. WAYNE OLSON

WAYNE OLSON Jan 17 2013 12:00 AM

Aunt Delila, other than my parents, was the most constant, welcome, and positive presence in my childhood years (and beyond). One reason, of course, was she lived next door. Another was Delila and my mother, Elphia, were sisters and the best of friends. They constantly talked via phone, on the garden path, or by stepping in at each others houses - never via knocking on the unlocked doors as was the custom in those days. But Delila was, apart from the neighborhood and sisterhood, concerned about me as a person. She was supportive. She was a second mother. In my experience she was likable, always of good humor, positive in her thinking, engaging in her conversation, and warm. She laughed a lot and I can remember her earnest laugh. She found humor in life's foibles. Delia, dare I say, sometimes contrasted and balanced her sister Elphia. My mother, whom I loved deeply, was more on the serious side. I liked (and still do) her two sons, Gary and Gale. They, being 8-9 years older, were my role models - a mostly good thing ! Aunt Delila was also a person of constant faith and belief, having followed her parents fine spiritual examples. Aunt Delila was a constant presence and positive influence on me, and I am sure on many others. It was indeed a very long one. I took for granted she'd always be there in Bristol. Yet now only the memories will continue as I, we, await the heavenly reunion and the forever constant presence of my Aunt Delila , and my mother, their parents, other loved ones, and Jesus. They are are now enjoying it, awaiting our coming. WAYNE OLSON

WAYNE OLSON Jan 17 2013 12:00 AM

I have many fond memories of Aunt Delila. We had so many special times at Blue Dog Lake - campfires, just sitting outside visiting. She, her sister Elphia, and I would go to rummage sales in Waubay and at cabins along the lake. We attended her 100th birthday celebration, a very special event. Most recently, we visited her in Bristol in October and had a fun visit filled with laughter.

Gwen Olson Jan 16 2013 12:00 AM

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Delila & Franz at home Dec 20, 1936 Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM